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Outdoor People Counters



Our LCD Screen Display People Counters are supplied with a robust IP54 rated casing. The popular outdoor people counter is available in either Unidirectional or Bidirectional footfall capture. The IP54 case ensures that the internal electronics are protected from the harsh outdoor elements. Our IP54 casings have a high level of protection against water and airborne particles like dust. The units require no maintenance other than battery changes and the 6 digit display is reset with the supplied magnet. Data collection is available by on-board display.

The counters can be supplied with metal brackets for easy installation.

For info visit: http://www.evolveplus.com.au/display-counters

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Wireless People Counters for New Zealand

Wireless People Counters with integrated reporting application

EvolvePlus is pleased to announce that it's range of Wireless People Counters are now available for New Zealand. Whether for a Retail Shop in Auckland reporting on customer footfall by hour, a Wellington library identifying patron usage across branches or a South Island University determining room usage we offer affordable People Counting Solutions to suit Shopping Centres, Information Centres, Sporting Clubs, Art Galleries and more.

The beauty of the system is in its simplicity - the battery powered and completely wireless devices allow the units to be installed almost anywhere. The People Counter range include:

"PT Series" People Counters

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SIP2 Support For Room, Event & PC Bookings

The release of Brushtail Version 11 includes SIP2 integration providing an opportunity for Libraries and other organisations to only allow authenticated patrons/customers to make self-service Room, Event and PC Bookings.

The Booking Software front-end is easy and intuitive for your patrons/clients to use and book, and you still have all the functionality in the back-end to manage the bookings.

As our Booking Software can replace two or more systems typically used for event and resource bookings, it eliminates the need for staff to bounce between different platforms.

Elements of the suite include:

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EvolvePlus releases SIP2 Support for VuFind

VuFind Patron Renew using SIP2

EvolvePlus has released VuFind SIP2 integration for our LMS drivers - providing a seamless experience for patrons to place holds, cancel holds, renew items all within the VuFind application.

The benefit of incorporating the above patron functionality is libraries no longer need to link from VuFind to their original LMS OPAC for processing reservations and renewals.  We have developed a separate SIP2Gateway web application that provides easier integration across library systems supporting the SIP2 standard without having to incorporate the SIP2 functions for every separate VuFind LMS driver.

For Amlib library customers it means that the VuFind Managed Services offered by EvolvePlus can completely replace the existing NetOpacs and OpenOPAC modules - providing library patrons with an enhanced discovery layer experience with an optimised mobile phone interface, whilst library staff can continue to use Amlib for cataloguing & circulation. Note: Amlib customers will require a valid license for the Amlib SIP2 Manager module to be able take advantage of the VuFind SIP2 connectivity.

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VuFind Discovery Layer


Resource discovery systems like VuFind have developed rapidly over the last few years and have now largely established themselves as the industry standard replacing the ‘traditional’ OPACs of the previous systems development cycle. The VuFind discovery system is inspired by internet search engines and social media and provides your library users with a universal search and discovery experience.

With VuFind, you can now realise the previously illusory goal of the unified ‘single search interface’, and at the same time allowing for a personalised and interactive engagement between information seekers on the one hand, and library resources on the other.

Find out more - don't be left behind!

Reference Sites:

Screenshot Example: Displays live Author Bio Wikipedia feeds along with related subjects to enhance the user experience.

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Summer Reading Club

What is the Summer Reading Club?

The Summer Reading Club is a FREE school holiday program with activities designed especially for children and young people.

Public libraries across Australia invite children/teens and families to join the Summer Reading Club, which is led by State Library of Queensland and in partnership with ALIA. The theme for this year is: Adventure. The campaign will officially run from Monday, 1 December 2014 to Saturday, 31 January 2015.

EXCERPT FROM THE SUMMER READING CLUB NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2013
"Last year, 864 public library branches across Australia participated in the delivery of the Summer Reading Club program; 35,576 children registered and an estimated 234,468 books were read. These results demonstrate that the Summer Reading Club is an excellent program for engaging children and young people during the summer school holidays."


My Reading List

Are you one of the many libraries that will run a Summer Reading Club this year? Are you looking for a more creative way to track reading than the traditional paper-based reading logs you ask your participants to complete?

Why not use the 'My Reading List' platform to run your reading club?


How It Works

Our tools will allow you to set up your library reading club program, complete with prizes/awards management, mediated reviews and certificate printing, in a few simple clicks!

Ask participants to sign up to your program, and you're off! Using 'My Reading List', kids and young people will be able to track their reading, complete book reviews, read reviews by their peers and print off nice summary reports and certificates.

Your participants will have fun and benefit from all the built-in 'My Reading List' features, and your library service will benefit as the administration is fully automated.

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Hourly Attendance Figures - Get all your entrances covered

USB Counters

Just Released! - A completely new wireless battery operated people counter unit that can be positioned in any remote location to register people traffic on an hourly basis. The valuable collected data can be transferred on to any common USB memory stick and then uploaded into special viewing software on your PC Workstation.

This will now allow you to gain hourly attendance figures from all your entrances complied into the one viewing application without having to worry about networking interference and dropouts between the counters/routers.By simply connecting a USB memory stick to the counter, the entire counter memory is automatically transferred across on to the USB. The viewing software is designed only to import new data when the USB data file is opened.

With our new battery operated USB stick counters - every entrance/exit of your building/area can be now covered.


For more info visit: http://www.evolveplus.com.au/people-counters?layout=edit&id=41

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Enhancements to VuFind Discovery Layer for Amlib


The VuFind Discovery Layer enables libraries to provide patrons with a unique web 2.0 experience with a mobile phone interface often missing in traditional library system OPACs.

EvolvePlus develops a range of LMS drivers for real-time integration between VuFind and the library's LMS. One of the popular integrations  we have developed is between the Amlib library system and VuFind.

Based on customer feedback we continue to enhance the Amlib LMS driver for VuFind, and have recently released the following new features:

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Micro Display People Counters

Micro Display People Counter

The Micro Display People Counter with its dimensions of only 85x53x16mm is the smallest People Counter in our range. Whether it’s used to help a retail store determine their sales conversion ratio or a library keep track of their visitor count, the Micro Counter will help almost any type of business operate more efficiently.

The incredibly small size of the Micro Display People Counter makes it easy to mount to virtually any wall or doorframe of up to 5 metres wide. The low power usage of the counters ensure that the single battery only has to be replaced once a year.

The People Counter sensor has a side fire beam which means it will be installed flat on the wall or door frame. The display can be read easily and counts reset to zero via a special tool which is provided.

This Counter can be setup in minutes and requires no ongoing maintenance.

Further details can be found from our information page.

Contact us for terrific pricing on the Micro Display People Counter.

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Summer Reading Club

What is the Summer Reading Club?

The Summer Reading Club is a FREE school holiday program with activities designed especially for children and young people.

Public libraries across Australia invite children/teens and families to join the Summer Reading Club, which is led by State Library of Queensland and in partnership with ALIA. The theme for this year is: Investigation. The programme will officially run from Monday, 2 December 2013 to Friday, 31 January 2014.


My Reading List

Are you one of the many libraries that will run a Summer Reading Club this year? Are you looking for a more creative way to track reading than the traditional paper-based reading logs you ask your participants to complete?

Why not use the 'My Reading List' platform to run your reading club?


How It Works

Our tools will allow you to set up your library reading club program, complete with prizes/awards management, mediated reviews and certificate printing, in a few simple clicks!

Ask participants to sign up to your program, and you're off! Using 'My Reading List', kids and young people will be able to track their reading, complete book reviews, read reviews by their peers and print off nice summary reports and certificates.

Your participants will have fun and benefit from all the built-in 'My Reading List' features, and your library service will benefit as the administration is fully automated.

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Come and visit us at SWITCH 2013

EvolvePlus will be exhibiting at SWITCH 2013 at the Australian Technology Park, Redfern Sydney from Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th November 2013.

Visit us to take a look at our extensive range of library technology products that we have available for 2013 including:

  • VuFind Open Source Discovery Layer and EvolvePlus Discovery Gateway
  • EvolvePlus ILS (Integrated Library System)
  • RF People Counters with Remote Data Viewing
  • ResearchPlus Knowledge and Request Management
  • My Reading List - Summer Reading Club

The 2013 NSW Public Libraries Conference & Exhibition will focus on our communities - creating libraries that both meet and anticipate their evolving needs.

We hope to see you in Sydney!

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VuFind in use at Mornington Peninsula Library Service

Mornington Peninsula Library Service is now using EvolvePlus VuFind managed service to provide exceptional catalogue discovery experience for their patrons.

The Mornington Peninsula Library Service which is located just over an hour’s drive away from the city, on Melbourne’s ‘doorstep’, and is often described as Melbourne’s playground is made up of four service points and one Mobile Library visiting 16 sites across the Peninsula.

The VuFind Discovery Layer managed service has enabled Mornington Peninsula Library Service to replace its Amlib NetOpac / Public Access with the powerful Discovery Layer solution provided by EvolvePlus. The impressive functionality of VuFind assists Mornington Peninsula Library Service become the centre of how patrons find, manage, discuss,  and engage with media content of all kinds in an increasingly electronic age with tagging, similar title suggestions, integrated search intelligence, faceted results and seamless LibraryThing integration

Some of the highlights of the project include:
•    Smart Phone Interface (e.g. for iPhones and Android Phones)
•    Mornington Peninsula Library Service can continue to use Amlib as its LMS whilst using VuFind Discovery Layer
•    Real-time integration with Amlib Holdings and Patrons using the LMS driver developed by EvolvePlus
•    Improve Search Performance by more than 300% across large searches
•    Interactive Patron Experience

Discover VuFind at Mornington Peninsula Library Service

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Summer Reading Club

What is the Summer Reading Club?

The Summer Reading Club is a FREE school holiday program with activities designed especially for children and young people.

Public libraries across Australia invite children/teens and families to join the Summer Reading Club, which is led by State Library of Queensland and in partnership with ALIA. The theme for this year is: Investigation. The programme will officially run from Monday, 2 December 2013 to Friday, 31 January 2014.


My Reading List

Are you one of the many libraries that will run a Summer Reading Club this year? Are you looking for a more creative way to track reading than the traditional paper-based reading logs you ask your participants to complete?

Why not use the 'My Reading List' platform to run your reading club?


How It Works

Our tools will allow you to set up your library reading club program, complete with prizes/awards management, mediated reviews and certificate printing, in a few simple clicks!

Ask participants to sign up to your program, and you're off! Using 'My Reading List', kids and young people will be able to track their reading, complete book reviews, read reviews by their peers and print off nice summary reports and certificates.

Your participants will have fun and benefit from all the built-in 'My Reading List' features, and your library service will benefit as the administration is fully automated.

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Kingston Enhances WebOpac Experience with EvolvePlus

Kingston City Libraries, a vibrant city library service located along Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne's South East, are now live with the VuFind Discovery Layer managed services from EvolvePlus.

The VuFind Discovery Layer managed services enables Kingston City Libraries to replace its Amlib NetOpac / Public Access with the powerful Discovery Layer solution provided by EvolvePlus. The impressive functionality of VuFind assists Kingston City Libraries become the centre of how patrons find, manage, discuss,  and engage with media content of all kinds in an increasingly electronic age with mashups, similar title suggestions, integrated search intelligence, faceted results, "More Like This" Resource Suggestions to name a few.

Some of the highlights of the project include:

  • Smart Phone Interface (e.g. for iPhones and Android Phones)
  • Kingston City Libraries can continue to use Amlib as its LMS whilst using VuFind Discovery Layer
  • Real-time integration with Amlib Holdings and Patrons using the LMS driver developed by EvolvePlus
  • Improve Search Performance by more than 300% across large searches
  • Interactive Patron Experience

Kingston Library Catalogue

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Request Tracking & Knowledge Base Supports Two Way Email Integration

ResearchPlus, the web based Research Request Tracking & Knowledge Management solution provided by EvolvePlus, now supports two way email integration.

ResearchPlus streamlines your organisation's request tracking by turning email conversations into organised request/helpdesk tickets.

Automatically Route Incoming Emails into Request Tickets

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EvolvePlus ILS Version 2.2

Totals displayed for each tab

Version 2.2 features significant enhancements to the EvolvePlus ILS product with a range of new functionality and configuration options that make EvolvePlus ILS even easier to use.

Highlights of the version 2.2 enhancements and include:

Global Enhancements:

Enhanced Main Screen (Search Screen when first log into Evolve):

  • Can scroll "search results", with the "top menu" and "search options" on left remain on screen
  • New Export and Print option for search results
  • Improved User Interface
  • Improved sorting of search results
  • Add status filters to Holding search (e.g. Overdue items)

Record Details: each tab displays number of records (e.g. number of messages for patron)

Preferences for each module will display in a separate section of the configuration (e.g. Catalogue preferences now grouped together)

New "Action Review" screen - which shows patron memos due for action, reserves on shelf,
Hold shelf removes,


Authority Module

Can link authorities across different tags (e.g. author 100 marc tag authority can be shared for a 710 tag - so that it exists as a single authority)

Can create groups of authorities (e.g. configure 100 and 710 tags as an Author authority group)

Link Authorities ( see / see also equivalent )


Patron Module

Add "due date" to memos

Display patron photo (where photos are store in a web folder using a common "key" as the image name)

Bulk Patron Delete functionality:

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ALIA Information Online Conference 2013

EvolvePlus/VuFind Stand

Many thanks to all the delegates who visited our stand at ALIA Information Online held in Brisbane on the week beginning Monday 11th February 2013. It was terrific to meet many new faces and catch up with known acquaintances. This was our first time exhibiting at the ALIA conference and we really appreciate the genuine interest expressed to our library technology products by delegates from all library sector delegates. Our Wireless People Counters, VuFind Open Source Discovery Layer support and EvolvePlus ILS (Integrated Library System) provided the strongest interest from the delegates.

From our prospective, the 2013 ALIA Online Conference proved to be an outstanding success due to it being well organised, centrally located in Brisbane, superbly catered, offered a comprehensive program and showcased quality library providers.

If you attended the conference and didn't get a chance to say hello you can find out more about our product range by dropping us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., downloading a brochure or call (03) 9755 6200.

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Come and visit us at ALIA Information Online 2013

EvolvePlus will be exhibiting at ALIA Information Online 2013 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th February 2013.

Visit us at Stand 79 to take a look at our extensive range of library technology products that we have available for 2013 including:

  • VuFind Open Source Discovery Layer and EvolvePlus Discovery Gateway
  • EvolvePlus ILS (Integrated Library System)
  • RF People Counters with Remote Data Viewing
  • ResearchPlus Knowledge and Request Management
  • Online Reading Record

ALIA Information Online is the premier event for information professionals in the Asia Pacific region and this conference features the theme of "be different. do different.".

We hope to see you in Brisbane!

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Wireless People Counters

EvolvePlus supplies affordable, reliable, and user-friendly People Counting Systems to retailers, libraries, museums, and many other businesses. We offer simple People Counters with display screens showing the current number of people that have entered a building or space during a given period of time, as well as advanced Radio-Frequency (RF) Patron Counting Systems that allow businesses to view the data on a remote PC using our unique software application. With simple drop-down menus, our software allows users to view tables and graphs showing people traffic trends from an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly perspective. We even offer USB based Visitor Counters that can be connected directly to a laptop to download the data and view it via our software. Regardless of the Door Counting System they choose, our customers invariably tell us that the wireless (battery powered) component makes them much easier to install and operate.
For more information visit our People Counters product page.

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Summer Reading Club - Increase Participation

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